It has been suggested that the inscription could have honoured Caracalla, Septimius Severus or Geta (one could add the name of Iulia Domna as well). The preserved text is identical with that on another statue base from Augusta Traiana honouring Caracalla, erected under the charge of the first archon Aur. Demetrius and engraved by the same stone-cutter (IGBulg 1557). Demetrius is attested as first archon in one more inscription, a statue base for Iulia Domna, erected by the city (IGBulg 1558). Mihailov supposes these statues could have been erected on the occasion of an imperial visit in Thrace in AD 196, 202 or 214. However, the use of the nomen Aurelius rather indicates a date after Caracalla's edict of AD 212.
The patronymic of the first archon, Apphus, is typical for Asia Minor.